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USA Bans Travel from Europe

The United States will introduce a 30-day entry travel ban during the night of Friday, March 13 to Saturday March 14 on 04.59 am for anyone who has been in Europe in the past 14 days, except for American citizens.

Here is a statement from Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad F. Wolf:

“Today President Donald J. Trump signed a Presidential Proclamation, which suspends the entry of most foreign nationals who have been in certain European countries at any point during the 14 days prior to their scheduled arrival to the United States. These countries, known as the Schengen Area, include: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. This does not apply to legal permanent residents, (generally) immediate family members of U.S. citizens, and other individuals who are identified in the proclamation.”

Coronavirus is spreading around the world. Italy has been hit the hardest, with more than 12,000 confirmed infections and more than 800 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. France, Spain and Germany each have about 2,000 confirmed cases. The USA has 1,135 confirmed cases of the virus, with 38 deaths so far. 

Meanwhile, Israel imposed a self-quarantine for a period of 14-days due to the coronavirus. This applies to foreign nationals and all Israeli citizens. This means anyone arriving in the country must self-quarantine for 14 days. 

The travel and tourism industry in Europe has taken hit after hit since the coronavirus outbreak began in January. While still early for concrete data, economists and industry executives fear 9/11- or recession-like repercussions. 

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